Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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79
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831 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 25
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 08-24-2007

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Photo of jjanega08
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A= pours a hazy brown color sort of a light brown though. The color is pretty but the head is low not even making it to a finger. The bubbles are tiny though which leads me to think its gonna have good retention.... it doesn't. A very very thin layer sits on top of the beer but no lacing is evident. Not a let down but nothing near great or amazing.
S= smells very similar to the sam adams hefe. I suppose there are small undertones of darker malt and caramelno real hefe smells coming from it. Really just sort of plain. It also has the very distinct sam adams smell to it.
T= a little better than the smell. Decently fruity and hefe flavored. A nice crisp wheat taste to it with a pretty decent caramel backbone. Some clove definitally comes through as well as some yeasty spice. Fruity almost in some of the yeastyness. The malty backbone is a little weak. A little soapyness comes through as well
M= over carbonated I think. The bubbles made it hard for me to pick up many flavors so I had to swirl it with a drink mixing rod.
D= pretty decent. Not bad but not great. Exactly what you would expect from sam adams. A very middle of the road for any style. Ill drink it again if offered in a heartbeat but I dunno if I would buy it again myself. Rthe reason I would buy it is to introduce to someone else.

Photo of 57md
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy light brownish mixed with copper. The half finger of head dissipates quickly, but leaves some sticky lace on the glass. The nose is troublingly reminiscent of burnt hair. The flavor is certainly better than the taste as this offering has three distinct tastes that follow one another. First, there is a dry character present. Second, a touch of sweetness comes on in the middle. Finally, this offering has a tart finish that is not totally pleasing to the palate.

Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the Fall Harvest Mix Pack served in a tumbler.

Hazed unfiltered bronze color with a creamy beige head that hung around as a layer and left a good deal of lacing spots.
Smell is earthy wheat and caramel sweetness.
Taste is malty with flavors of wheat, yeast, spices and very low bitterness.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a bit of a thin feel.
A refreshing drink but I'm not a big fan of the style.

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance
Brownish amber with a 1/2 finger of head that dissipates pretty quickly. Just a tad hazy. low-moderate carbonation.

Nose
Tangy wheat, caramel, bread and clove.

Taste
Tangy wheat and banana peal. Lighter notes of banana bread and plantains. Very light essence of clove.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Overall
The wheat really outshines all the other elements in this beer. Very mellow and easy drinking, however it is lacking flavor. Average at best.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light chestnut; cloudy with sediment; medium, frothy head, long lasting with good lacing; effervescent

Aroma: Malty; wheat yeast; bready

Taste: Thin and juicy on start; slight wheat beer flavor, but seems artificial; thin throughout, but refreshing

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of BeerLover99
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dirty orange/tan body, trace head, no lacing

S: mild banana, yeast, hint of clove, nut

T: hint of ripe fruit, bready/yeast malt, mild roasted/semi-dry finish

M: med/light body, too much carbonation/semi-dry mouth

O: Glad Samuel Adams took this on, but needs more
creamy body and bump up the ABV to 6 would do well.
Nice intro Dunkle for newbie.

OK, NOT MUST HAVE!

Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes:

appearance: brown with orangish hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: wheat,

taste: wheat, caramel, no lingering aftertaste

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: a nice dark wheat ale, easy to drink.

Cheers,

The CPj

Photo of sweemzander
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by Feb. 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours a murky brown color that produced no head, barely even some gray bubbles.

(S)- Rather bland. Some caramelized lemon & banana.

(T)- Plenty of banana bread with a twist of lemon.

(M)- Crisp carbonation level that almost fizzes on the tongue. A decent balance; just not much going on.

(D)- Would not be my first choice for a Dunkelweisse, but decent enough to have a few of.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with classic BBC label and best-by month clearly stamped

Appearance: Hazy burnt sienna beer; a hard pour produces a big dark ivory head which soon fades to a thick film and substantial ring.

Smell: Some mildly tart wheat with huge cinnamon, clove, and yeast notes, with some slightly muted banana aromas as well. Nice aromas, but it's almost closer to a spicy, fruity Belgian Dubbel than what I was expecting from a Dunkelweizen.

Taste: I actually think I'm getting some alcohol here, which is kind of unexpected. Mild banana and spice flavors; honestly, this is pretty light on flavor. A bit dissappointing after the rich aromas.

Mouthfeel: Disappointingly light and thin; a bit flat as well

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Really glad I got to try it, but it's not something I'm broken up about not getting to try regularly.

Photo of Suds
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a rich amber, chestnut color with an off-white head. The aroma has a moderate wheat twang, with a mild undertone of malt. It's not a usually strong smelling dunkle...it could have more fruit and esters. The taste is clean, however, and the beer is semi-sweet. It's smooth and yeasty. Some bread and doughy grain. It's not as intense a sensation as I expected. Medium-full in mouthfeel. I've come to expect more from Sam Adams beers...this was average.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My head went blank for the intro idea, so on to the beer:

We're looking brown with spotty lacing and solid as a rock head rentention. The nose knows...that something is missing from the aroma. Some phenolic activity is present, weak clove, a little cinnamon apple....something's being held back.

Shallow flavors don't help a whole lot for this beer. It's drinkable at least because it doesn't have off-flavors. Basic dark malted wheat sits around providing a spiced apple flavor. The yeast isn't doing much work for this weizen, and that usually spells blandness. Phenols are weak, that's for sure. Also, the mouthfeel isn't as lush or full as others of the style, though still decent. Oh well.

I was excited to try this, but ultimately was dissapointed. I think SA borrowed too much from its now deceased "hefeweizen" to create this dunkelweiss.

Photo of RWLawman
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper in color with a thick head that dissipates to less than an in inch quickly. Very little lacing.

S - Smells of bubblegum, fruits, and malts.

T - Same as the smell for the most part. A lot of bubblegum and banana, along with malts and a hint of brown sugar.

M - Average mouthfeel. Not sticky, not watery.

O - I enjoyed this beer, but it wasn't memorable.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this beer on tap. Special Draft Release by Samuel Adams. This Dunkelweizen poured a nice light brown color. It produced a very nice thick tan head- excellent head retention and lacing. The aroma smelled of bananas, cloves roasted grain. Taste was Medium in body, full of malt, banana and cloves. Easy to drink beer...excellent session beer. i was glad I ordered it. Samuel Adams never seems to disappoint.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint because proper glass ware floats my boat. Caramel to amber color depending on where it sits in my glass. Silky blanket of retention left from a snow white tufted head.

Smells like cloves and apricot and a couple days until ripe banana. Tastes like cloves with a sour wheat tang in back. Mildly sweet and nutty. Bottle claims tropical fruit but that's a bit of a reach. Mouthfeel is fair but lacks any standout wheat beer creamy, smooth wheat beeryness.

Photo of illidurit
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium brownish amber with a creamy tan head. Aroma is big on artificial banana with lesser notes of clove and vanilla. Flavor is also overbearing with the pure banana oil and clove, with no room for bready malt to even it out. Finish is a bit weak. Mouthfeel is surprisingly supple, similar to the authentic German versions. Some good qualities, some bad, overall a decent beer at best.

Photo of greengorilla
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a Weissen glass. It is a cloudy dark caramel color with a nice white head.

The smell is of clove and slightly weak.

The taste is of clove and toffee. It is okay, but not great.

The mouthfeel is quite good.

I drank the one beer, but that would be my limit on this one.

Photo of dmamiano
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a nice copper reddish with a big head with staying powere. Lacing clings to the glass as it slowly recedes.
Wheta malts dominate. Seem to detect a bit of smokiness.
Fruity on the palate. Vanilla notes. Sweet malts with a nice balance of hops but not dominate.
The more I drink this one, the worse it gets.
Very cidery for some reason.

Photo of Chico1985
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light brown with huge orange highlights when held up to light. Off-white head retains well at about half a finger, leaves spots of lacing towards the end.

As usual with ol Sammy A, tough getting scents out of this. Only the slightest notes of malt and fruit prevail.

Mostly wheat malt and light fruit (lemon, some banana), clove is there but spices are very light overall. Definitely no tropical fruit as stated on the label. Macro-grainy tastes in there too. Some caramel malt which is reminiscent of a ton of their beers. A bit of booze and general blech-ness in the end.

Mouthfeel has decent body to it but killer high carbonation. On the bitter side which is odd for the style I think.

This beer was decent until the last couple ounces, where it went from decent to ...undesirable. Not terrible, but a pretty lifeless, very messy interpretation of the style.

Photo of Danno48
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Last year I had this beer when I was first started drinking craft brews and hated it... Now that I am more refined I will have at it again.
A- I loved the darkness, Crazy dark for a weizen. The head was very shallow though.

S- I thought it would smell like your classic cloves and banana but it was kinda plain.

T- Very flavorful for a weizen. Lots of banana and clove with extra maltiness.

M- Smooth enough, yet I did get a certain cotton mouthiness from it.

Overall it was very nice but just ok... to be honest this isn't my favorite style of beer but for this style very flavorful.

Photo of earthboundagain
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this years SA Harvest Sampler Pack, which has a fine selection of SA brews. You only get two of each beer and in this case it is both a good and bad thing, while the dunkelweizen has all the right tastes and traits they are all muted. The flavors are here they are just light, a good beer to try on noobs to German wheat beers but its no good for a pro.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large weizen glass. Beer emerges dark brown, brown ale like, with a small and wispy white head atop. No lacing is present and the head retention is not impressive.

Aroma is minimally weizen-like. Some cloves with roasted grains and fresh baked bread. Slight bit of rubber aroma wafts into the nostrils.

Flavor borders on clovey bananas. Both are of short order and neither are outstanding. Earthy and bready with a touch of caramel in the end with some fresh grains/bread in the finish.

I think this one is too carbonated. I know this style is highly carbonated, but this one kind of explodes in the mouth like soda and isnt pleasant, refreshing, or palate cleansing. I didnt really enjoy this one that much. Average at best.

Photo of Kanyon22
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Snagged this at local store when they broke up the harvest variety pack. Had this last year and thought it was pretty good, but have been exposed to some good German brewed ones since then.

Poured into my weizen glass. Swirled bottom of bottle.

A: A nice haze filled deep dark brown color with a slightly off white dishsoapy head. Looking good so far.

S: A ton of cloves in this one. Also a touch of tart wheaty yeast smell. Not getting any banana, or bubblegum smells which I tend to enjoy, but overall still solid.

T: A little sweet with a tart, sour kick mid way then a clove spice on the finish. As it warms you get just a hint of butterscotch in the profile. About average I would say nothing mind blowing.

M: Some what thick for style but missing that creamy feel to it. The lack of carbonation seems to hit its mark for style. Also as one keeps drinking it starts to coat and dry the mouth dramatically.
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D: This beer starts out as your typical easy drinking wheat beer, but then takes a dreadful turn in that its extreme dryness starts to kill the easy of consumption.

Overall a good stab at a style most Americans never try, BBC makes another attempt at a style that keeps most craft drinkers happy while not alienating the typical marcro drinker. I just wished it had that creamy wheat feel I get from most German made wheat beers.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dirty, hazy brown color and teeming with effervescence. The beer has nearly an inch of off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malt, bananas, fruity yeast, faint chocolate. I find the chocolate-like aroma rather out of place in a dunkelweizen.

T: Sweet bananas, with an odd vanilla sweetness about it. The beer does have some nice flavor, but becomes a bit overbearing and cloying as I progress through the glass.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, with a solid carbonation level.

D: Just too sweet to enjoy more than one. Not up to par with the great German representations of the style.

Photo of SpasticKoala
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The head was okay, with just minimal sticking. The color was a deep mahogany and dark malt.
Smell: Mostly brown bread and malt.
Taste: A little wheat spice and malt. Very clean with mild fruitiness. Fairly neutral in yeast and hops. Not much in banana or cloves, as would be expected with a dunkelweizen.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and slightly dry.

Photo of baos
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty light for the style... it is more of an bernsteinfarben than a dunkel... pretty light in flavor as well.. there needs to be a lot more malt in this baby. Sam Adams usually makes some pretty outstanding brews, but this one falls a bit short.

A: Slightly hazy and a bit hazy, bits of lacing.. no head retention.

S: Nice roasted barley aroma with sweet malted wheat. Clove, nutmeg, and a bit smokey. Light Noble hops nose.

T: A bit light for my palate. I would like to chew this a bit more before I swallow. Carawheat, Carafa malts meld very well. Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops. W-68 ale yeast strain. I would like more nuttiness flavors and a bigger malty and wheat flavor profile. After all its a dunkel, mo fo! Drink this one slowly it gets tastier as it warms, but also a bit more bitter all the hop character warms.

M: Pretty light, but not bad.

O: Sam Adams is always my go to when I go to places with slim pickings on the beer menu and you cannot go wrong. They a great company that helped rekindle America's micro-brew Renaissance. Try one on!

Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.